COVID-19's IMPACT
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Governor announces new, faster COVID testing sites

Governor Jared Polis said the state is opening a new front on the battle against COVID-19 Monday with two new drive-up testing sites in Aurora and Federal Heights. On hand at Hyland Hills Water World …
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis addresses attendees of a bill signing concerning alcohol sales during his visit to Englewood on July 10..

Polis urges caution as virus trends improve

Just over half a month since Gov. Jared Polis issued a statewide mask-wearing order — and two weeks since he cut down Colorado's last call for alcohol to 10 p.m. to discourage unruly socializing …
Tubers walking along Clear Creek in Golden on Aug. 4.

Controversy on Clear Creek

On a recent Sunday afternoon, Scott Bernheim went to downtown Golden to grab frozen yogurt with his family. He was shocked by what he saw when arrived, especially as he walked closer to Clear Creek. …
Jamie Sorrells
LIVING AND AGING WELL

Watch out for fraud connected to legitimate COVID-19 fears

Over the past several months, our country and others around the world have pulled inward, slowed down, and taken a more conservative pace amidst the COVID-19 stay-at-home orders. Yet, scammers are …
CCM coverage of coronavirus

These are unprecedented times.

The health threat of COVID-19 — and the social, educational and economic disruptions caused in its wake — are severe and complex.

Colorado Community Media publishes 20 community newspapers in the Denver metro area in Adams, Arapahoe, Denver, Douglas, Elbert and Jefferson counties. Our mission has always been to build community through trustworthy, quality journalism that tells the local stories no one else will. We care deeply about the communities we report about every week. And in these difficult times, we pledge to not only continue chronicling the information you need to know about COVID-19, but also the stories that tell how the virus is affecting the families, businesses and institutions of each community and what we are all doing to cope and help each other out.

We cannot do it alone though.

Tell us how COVID-19 is affecting you. Share with us the kinds of stories you’d like to see from your local news. Tell us about the challenges you’re facing — and the kindnesses you’ve encountered that help connect communities and prop us up during difficult times. Email us a  newsdesk@coloradocommunitymedia.com  or check out this website's contact page to find your neighborhood's specific reporter.

What is COVID-19?

Coronavirus is a family of viruses named for the microscopic view of crownlike spikes on their surfaces, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

These viruses can cause the common cold or more severe diseases such as SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) and MERS (Middle East respiratory syndrome), which have seen outbreaks in the past, according to the CDC. COVID-19 — standing for “coronavirus disease 2019” — first appeared in late 2019 in Wuhan, China.

Symptoms of COVID-19 can include fever, cough and breathing trouble. Most people develop only mild symptoms, according to Denver Public Health. But according to the CDC, some — usually those with severe underlying health conditions or older adults — develop more serious symptoms, including pneumonia, which can be fatal.

Technically, COVID-19 is caused by a virus named SARS-CoV-2.

PANDEMIC NEWS FROM ACROSS THE METRO AREA
Community members cheered and honked for Douglas County school employees. Teachers returned to work on Aug. 4 as they prepare for students to start the year on Aug. 17.
Community rallies to support Douglas County teachers
Gina Claus began to cry as she reflected on how difficult recent months have been on educators. The single mother of four is a teacher … Read More
Douglas County families grapple with return to school
Christina Pease planned to start a part-time job when her oldest child, Caleb, began kindergarten at South Ridge Elementary School in … Read More
A rundown abandoned cabin near Evergreen has been transformed into a community library.
A little library in the forest connects neighbors during COVID-19 (VIDEO)
On a forested mountain outside of Evergreen, at 8,500 feet elevation, Mary O’Rourke was inspired by COVID-19 to create a Little Free … Read More
More free COVID testing offered in Douglas County
Douglas County residents have two more opportunities for a free COVID-19 diagnostic swab test through the end of August. All testing … Read More
Cherry Creek High School in Greenwood Village.
Cherry Creek switches back to 'blended' plan for in-person, online class
Citing a web of recommendations from Colorado's public health and education officials — and as the rate of COVID-19 cases has ramped … Read More
COVID-19 RESOURCES

Trusted web resources

The State of Colorado's official COVID-19 information site 

This site includes the latest statewide news, including the most up-to-date infection and death figures from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment,  the latest statements from the Governor, as well as  web links and phone numbers for state services. 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Includes basic information about the disease, and  a link to individual state health department sites.

World Health Organization 

The WHO's rolling update page, giving the latest news about the global pandemic situation.

Distance learning resources for parents

The good news for stressed parents is that there are more online resources to help parents keep children learning and intellectually engaged. The link above lists several resources, but you can also check out the back catalogue of CCM's longtime education columnist too, Esther Macalady, for a wealth of home-based activity ideas

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